Love & Death

Love is a word with many facets and meanings. Some people think of LOVE and they think of a relationship with a significant other, they think of flowers and butterflies. Others think of LOVE and they think of their children, maybe family etc…

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But it all boils down to one answer.

love is PATIENT, love is KIND. it DOES NOT envy, it DOES NOT boast, it is NOT proud. it is NOT rude, it is NOT self-seeking. it is NOT easily angered, it keeps NO RECORD OF WRONGS. love DOES NOT delight in evil BUT rejoices in truth. It always PROTECTS, always TRUSTS, always HOPES, always PERSEVERES. love NEVER FAILS.

As I read these verses I ask myself “Have I truly followed this part of the Bible showing this kind of LOVE
I think of the times I might have judged someone through their past forgetting who they were in Christ now… Or about the time I was not patient with a family member… Or about a time when I was rude… I now realize I have been doing it wrong all along.

We ask ourselves why are people not following Jesus, why are less and less people following him. The first century Christians were known for their behavior towards one another… Historians noted that Christians were set apart in the beginning because of their behavior and “unbinding love” towards one another. Is our love towards one another unbinding? Do people know you’re church is a Christian church because of the behavior of its members?

Little by little I am learning that just as Christ died for me I must die for others as well. Don’t misunderstand the death I am striving for to one that is physical … But understand that the death God wants us to live is a death that will benefit others. It may mean dying to my emotions, or my frustrations in order to love like 1Corinthians 13 states, all in all it is because of love that we are here and because of love that we must live or die… I challenge you to truly walk in love, and check your actions against these few verses.

Learning to love – the right way,
Abby Rea

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Wedding Invitations

It’s wedding season! I have about four weddings these next few months, I’ve seen about 8 engagements in this year two which were on the same day, and I have found myself planning a perfect wedding on Pinterest! All this making my status as a single kind of depressing – or so I thought!

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You see this culture (especially among Hispanics) says that I must be in a relationship to be happy. Let me give you a bit of information that will come useful later on – if you’re unhappy as a single you will be unhappy as a couple. Bad example: it takes two complete eggs to make an omelette not half of an egg. You need to be a whole person in order to function correctly with another person!

I came to the realization a few weeks ago that if I wasn’t single I would have not graduated from an amazing Bible school, gone to Africa, or be preparing for a six week trip to a Central Asian country! You see it is true what it says in the Bible – there is a time and a season for everything under the sun, (Eccl. 3) and that includes marriage. Be content in this time and season God has you in! The apostle Paul tells us, “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.” (Phil. 4:10-12)

Enjoy it – go on a cruise – finish school – save money – serve your community – do something. Learn to be content in your status.To all my sisters who are committed, your season isn’t that bad either but don’t make us single sisters feel left out and don’t try to get us a date with your man’s friend, cousin, brother, nephew etc.

So in conclusion, it’s ok to not date. It’s ok to not want to date. It’s ok to do things alone (ex., movies, dinner etc…) It’s ok to show up at weddings without a date (you don’t have to worry about matching or someone being tacky). It’s ok to take your mom or dad as a date (mine love to attend weddings maybe that’s why I say that) and it’s ok to not be at home waiting for Prince Charming to come and sweep you off your feet!!

Learning to be a full egg,

Abby Rea

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Adequacy…

I have not blogged in a while but I promise I will blog more frequently…

So I find myself feeling inadequate for the tasks which are ahead. I find myself feeling inadequate for the future and whatever lies in place.

I constantly have to remind myself that it is not me who will be adequate but Jesus in me.

As my time culminated at Impact Now I am brought to a different world filled with fear and mixed emotions.

I constantly remind myself that “His grace is sufficient for me, for His power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)

Alot has happened over these past months – opportunities and doors have been opened.

I am traveling to a Central Asian country in July. His calling upon my life becomes stronger and stronger day by day – I don’t think my life will ever go back to normalcy… It has been too supernatural to be anything other. I wouldn’t want a normal life even if I had a choice…